||42,000 (1987 UBS). 5%–10% monolingual.
||Orientale Province, Tshopo District, Bafwasende Territory, Tshopo River south to Ituri River north, and Ituri River north bank.
Northern Democratic Republic of Congo
||Baali, Dhibali, Kibaali, Kibala, Kibali, Libaali
||Bemili, Bakundumu, Bafwandaka, Bekeni. The Bemili dialect is central linguistically and geographically. Lexical similarity: 52% with Lika [lik]; 40%–45% with Bwa [bww] and Pagibete [pae]; 46% with Komo [kmw]; 40% with Bhele [bhy], Bila [bip], and Bera [brf]; 30% with Budu [buu] and Ndaka [ndk]; 25% with Lega languages and Lingala [lin].
||Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, D, Lega-Kalanga (D.20)
||Congo Swahili [swc] is spoken by leaders, nearly all young people and men (proficiency in certain domains), most women and older men (less fluently), many older women and young children (low proficiency). Lingala is used mainly by those who travel or have been in military service. French is spoken by the less than 5% with secondary school education.
||Literacy rate in L1: 1%–2%. Literacy rate in L2: 30%–40% in Congo Swahili.
||‘Kibali’ is the official name. ‘Dhibali’ is their own name. Speakers called ‘Babali’. SVO; prepositions, genitives before nouns; articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives after nouns; question word sentence final; 1–3 prefixes; 1–5 suffixes; word order distinguishes role; affixes mark person, number of subject and object in one noun group; active, passive, reflexive; 2 causatives; aspect; comparatives; tonal, 3 tones; stress; 9 vowels. Swidden agriculturalists.